Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini aims to make ‘significant contribution’

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is delighted to accept a "hugely exciting challenge" at the Citizens

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Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City in May Photo: Back Page Images

Manuel Pellegrini has been confirmed as Manchester City’s new manager, ending weeks of speculation linking the Chilean with the Citizens post.

The 59-year-old, who left La Liga side Málaga at the end of the season, has signed a three-year deal with the one-time Premier League champions.

The former Real Madrid manager replaces Roberto Mancini in the City hot seat and will look to build on his predecessor’s legacy at the Eastlands outfit.

And Pellegrini admitted he is relishing the prospect of taking charge of the cash-rich Premier League outfit and helping the club win more silverware in coming seasons.

“I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity,” said Pellegrini.

“The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution.”

“Everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful,” continues the Chilean, who has also managed Villareal and Real Madrid.

“I am excited to be able to work with such a talented squad, the Executive team and the board to deliver for fans who are renowned for their steadfast support.”

Pellegrini’s predecessor, Mancini, led the Citizens to their first Premier League crown in 2012 after winning the FA Cup at Wembley a year earlier.

But the former Inter Milan boss was criticised for his poor record in Europe, with City failing to get past the Champions League group stage in the past two seasons.

And Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak admitted he was impressed by Pellegrini’s record after the South American led Málaga to the Champions League quarter-final this term.

“Manuel is a hugely experienced and successful manager with a proven track record,” said Al Mubarak.

Manuel Pellegrini fact-file

• The former centre-back began his coaching career in 1988 with his sole club as a player, Universidad de Chile, before spending the next 16 years working with sides in Chile, Ecuador and Argentina.

• He took over at Villarreal in 2004, guiding them to third place in the Liga in his debut season and securing a place in the Champions League for the first time. His side also reached the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup.

• The following campaign, Villarreal defied all expectations by reaching the Champions League semi-finals, where they bowed out 1-0 on aggregate to Arsenal. He guided the club to second place in the 2007-08 Liga, a club record, and the Champions League quarter-finals the following season, again being knocked out by Arsenal.

• He signed a two-year contract with Real Madrid on 2 June 2009, the club winning a then record 96 points in the Liga but still finishing second behind Barcelona, prompting Pellegrini’s dismissal in May 2010

• That November he succeeded Jesualdo Ferreira as coach of Málaga and in the following campaign oversaw a fourth-placed league finish, the club’s best ever, subsequently negotiating Champions League qualifying to reach the group stage for the first time before crashing out in the last eight.

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